“eLearning: Rhetoric and Reality” DIT e-Learning summer school 2006 Opening Forum Margaret Farren Dublin City University M.Sc. E-learning in Education and Training Management. Participants drawn from widely varying fields: Education: (primary, post-primary, further, adult, higher)
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DIT e-Learning summer school 2006
Dublin City University
Participants drawn from widely varying fields:
Education: (primary, post-primary, further, adult, higher)
Government departments and state agencies.
Programme modules - http://webpages.dcu.ie/~farrenm/Context
What’s the gap between aspiration and actuality, and can we (or indeed should we) bridge it?
(Hutchings, P. and Shulman, L. 2004)
Action research is a form of research in which practitioners reflect systematically on their practice, implementing informed action to bring about improvement in practice and add to knowledge.
Action research can contribute to theoretical knowledge production as well as bringing about improved practice.
(Furlong & Oancea, 2005)
Whitehead (1989, 2004)
‘Pedagogy of the unique’ expresses my belief that each participant has a particular and distinctive constellation of values that motivates his/her enquiry and that sets a distinctive context within which their own enquiry proceeds.
“True community is not produced. It is invoked and awakened. True community is an ideal where the full identities of awakened and realized individuals challenge and complement each other. In this sense individuality and originality enrich self and others”.
(O’ Donohue, 2003, pp. 132-133)
Farren, M. (2005a) How am I Creating my Pedagogy of the Unique through a Web of Betweenness. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Bath. Retrieved from http://www.bath.ac.uk/~edsajw/farren.shtml (12th June, 2006).
Furlong, J. & Oancea, A. (2005). Assessing Quality in Applied and Practice- based Educational Research. A Framework for Discussion
Retrieved from http://www.bera.ac.uk/pdfs/Qualitycriteria.pdf (4th June, 2006).
Hutchings, P. & Shulman, L. S. (2004). Teaching as Community Property : Essays on Higher Education San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
Whitehead, J. (1989). Creating a Living Educational Theory from Questions of the kind, How do I improve my Practice? British Educational Research Journal, 15.pp. 3-17.
Whitehead, J. (2005). How Can We Improve The Educational Influences Of Our Teacher-Researcher Quests? Keynote Presentation to the 12th International Conference of Teacher Research at McGill University. 16th April 2005. Retrieved from http://www.jackwhitehead.com/ictr05/jwictr05key.htm (10th July 2005).